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1. Posted by Eljay (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,
I am hoping to go to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore in Nov/Dec 06.

Can anyone give me some advice on shopping while over there. I'm not sure which way I'm going to travel yet (Bangkok - singapore or Singapore - Bangkok) I want to see KL and Ko samui, Phi Phi, Pattaya and of course Chiang Mai. My route will depending on the best shopping spots. I would like to keep the best shopping until last if I can.

I'm hoping to loose weight before I go over so I can buy some clothing, cause I've heard getting 'normal' sized clothing is hard to get.
I'm also wanting to pick up a new mobile phone, fabrics and possibly a new digital camera.

Any info on which cities are best to buy what I want would be great.

Fabrics - buy where?
clothing - buy where?
Electricals (phone & camera)- buy where?

Thanks everyone.... I hope I haven't confused to many people lol
Oh last questions... what should the weather be like in nov/dec? Should this determine which way I travel?

Thanks again..
LJ

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

If you buy a telephone make sure it is compatible with your telephone service in your country. Ditto with warranties and guarantees, what happens if your camera craps out on your back home - how do you get it fixed?

I find some of the prices on electronics not much different than I can get when things are on sale back in the U.S. I have no idea about your country's electronic pricing.

If you buy it you have to bring it back with you - this can become a burden. If you pay to ship stuff back home will the cost of shipping make the item you buy more expensive than what you can get back home?

I think Hong Kong has the best prices for electronics. I know it wasn't on your list. My opinion, I think Singapore will have a pretty big selection of "electronic" things to see and buy.

In Bangkok, Thailand the MBK (Stadium stop on the Skytrain) has a large selection of electronics of all types. Also in Bankok the Pantip Plaza on New Phetchaburi Road has lots of electronics too.

Also on New Phetchaburi Road, almost kitty corner across the street from the Pantip Plaza is the Krung Thong Plaza, and the soi (street) leading up to the Baiyoke Tower Hotel is sort of a "mini garment center" where many of the street vendors pick up their stuff.

The Chatachuk Weekend Market (last stop on one branch of the Skytrain) has lots of stuff and worth a looksee. The Patpong Night Market also has some stuff to look over too!

Don't forget if you buy it - you have to figure out how to travel or store it - or get it back home somehow. Will your purchases overseas be worth the hassle?

Buy T-shirts, they are cheap, they don't break, and you can wrap some of your valuables in them when you ship them.

AL

3. Posted by Eljay (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Thanks for that great reply :)

I might just take the sarong from home and buy my t-shirts over there then.

I didn't think I would find clothing over there to fit me :(
As for the phone I will check with my friend who works in a mobile phone centre to check what I need to look for.

Thanks again

Lori

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Quoting Eljay

... I didn't think I would find clothing over there to fit me :(

Are you a giant?

As for the phone I will check with my friend who works in a mobile phone centre to check what I need to look for.

No worries about the phone. Australia and South-East Asia use GSM mobile network, the most widely used in the world (including Europe). This means any phones you buy can be used not only in Australia and South-East Asia, but also in many other countries in the world.

5. Posted by Eljay (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Are you a giant?

No.. but have been told in Asian terms I could be. I'm a size 16, to a lot of people that is huge :(

No worries about the phone. Australia and South-East Asia use GSM mobile network, the most widely used in the world (including Europe). This means any phones you buy can be used not only in Australia and South-East Asia, but also in many other countries in the world.

Thanks for that info, I appreciate it :) I'm glad I will be able to get a phone, I have been hanging off getting one until I go over.
Are there good deals in Singapore or KL for them, as these are our first stop over points :)
Thanks again

6. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

i thought if you subscribe a plan they will offer a free phone?

well, i personally thk tat eletronic gadgets in singapore has better deal.

7. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Hey,

I've been to Thailand a few times now and love it for all the cheap stuff you can buy there. Generally, you will find that shopping is cheapest in the big cities such as Bangkok and Chang Mai (highly recommended!:)). The islands are not as cheap in comparison and you dont really want to be lugging a load of shopping with you in yur backpack- just buy before you leave.Khao San Road is a pretty good place to pick up loads of cheap clothes (bargain hard...), and check out the Computer Exhibition building (Cant remember it proper name) for electronic goods and pirate DVDs. I wouldn't recommend buying electronic stuff abroad though as you will not have a guarantee and the price difference is hard to justify not having this

That's my 10 cents worth

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